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House Plants

By: Mike Maunder(Author)
200 pages, 94 colour & 17 b/w photos and illustrations
Publisher: Reaktion Books
House Plants
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  • House Plants ISBN: 9781789145434 Hardback May 2022 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1 week
Price: £18.00
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Our penchant for keeping house plants is an ancient practice dating back to the pharaohs. House Plants explores the stories behind the plants we bring home and how they were transformed from wild plants into members of our households.

A billion-dollar global industry, house plants provide an interaction with nature, and contribute to our health, happiness and well-being. They also support their own miniature ecosystems and are part of the home biome.

Featuring many superb illustrations, this book explores house plants' botanical history and cultural impact, from song (Gracie Fields's The Biggest Aspidistra in the World), literature (George Orwell's Keep the Aspidistra Flying) and cinema (Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors) to fashion, technology, painting and contemporary design.

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Mike Maunder is a gardener and conservationist, and Executive Director of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, University of Cambridge.

By: Mike Maunder(Author)
200 pages, 94 colour & 17 b/w photos and illustrations
Publisher: Reaktion Books
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"This is quite simply a masterpiece of a book and certainly the finest on house plants I have ever come across. Mike Maunder uses the canvas of our obsession to have plants in the home to write a hugely thought-provoking essay on the science of an industry, the vagaries of fashion [and] the impact on artistic movements from wallpaper to installations to the huge landscape designs of Roberto Burle Marx [...] All this set against the febrile kleptocracy of plant hunting from around the world and the increasing evolution of house plants as an almost neurological quest to return to the wild [...] You will return to it time and again."
– Sir Tim Smit KBE, co-founder of the Eden Project

"If you have a gentle affinity for houseplants now, you will love and be inspired by them after reading this book. Mike Maunder brings our unassuming, green live-in companions to dazzling life. Who knew we were sharing our homes with characters that belong in a rip-roaring adventure novel? Plant blindness has been cured by this book!"
– Paul Smith, Secretary General of Botanic Gardens Conservation International

"A wonderful treatise that weaves science, conservation and history into a highly readable narrative, this book is a timely reminder of our long association with house plants and the numerous benefits they bring to our households."
– Tim Upson, Director of Horticulture, Education and Communities at the Royal Horticultural Society

"Presents a fascinating (horti)cultural history of indoor plant collecting. Maunder examines the house plant in a variety of contexts, including travel, science, art, technology, and climate change, and argues for a compromise between keeping plants in domestic spaces and preserving their species in the wild."
– Jane Desmarais, Professor of English, Goldsmiths, University of London, and author of Monsters under Glass: A Cultural History of Hothouse Flowers from 1850 to the Present (2018)

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